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The Brazilian "Cafezinho" Tradition

The "cafezinho" tradition is as Brazilian as Apple Pie is American. "Cafezinho" is the diminutive word in Portuguese for coffee. In Brazil, however, "cafezinho" is the way to welcome anyone into homes, businesses or just about anywhere.

In Brazil it does not take long to learn the phrase "você quer um cafezinho?" (do you want a little coffee?). This is a question heard everywhere, all day long and almost always followed by a very small cup of very potent coffee. You can call it a mini espresso with a powerful punch!

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I'm In Love With My Costa Rican Coffee!

I will never forget the first time I took a sip of my Costa Rican Coffee. It was a rush of feelings ranging from bliss to doubt and even regret. Regret for all of the years I could have been indulging with my new favorite morning time friend. Let the introspect begin, "What was I thinking all these years?" At least that's what ran through my mind. The feel of the coffee on my palette was smooth and sweet without the faintest hint of bitterness or acidity. I was head over heels and smitten.

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Se Chung - Se Zhong Oolong Tea

Se chung, also spelled se zhong is an inexpensive type of oolong tea produced in Anxi county of Fujian province in China. Anxi county is famous for being the origin of Tie Guan Yin Oolong (also known as Iron Goddess of Mercy), a delicious but very expensive variety of oolong tea. Se chung is not one particular variety of oolong, but rather, is a class of different oolongs, encompassing all oolongs produced in Anxi county, other than Tie Guan Yin. The name se chung means "colorful variety", which is appropriate given the diverse nature of these oolongs.

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Pour Me a Brazilian Cafezinho Please

When in Brazil, do as Brazilians do. Learn to drink, enjoy and prepare the traditional mini cup of Brazilian coffee called cafezinho.

It is a small serving of strong, brewed Brazilian coffee that is as much a part of the local hospitality as soccer is Brazil's # 1 sport. A cafezinho is prepared in a "time honored tradition" that preserves taste and enhances the drinking sensory experience.

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Coffee Brewing Methods - The French Press

Coffee can be prepared and presented in a myriad of different ways. Here we will discuss the advantages of the French Press method.

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Loose Tea - Better Than Tea Bags or Not?

Loose tea refers to tea leaves that are sold in bulk, in contrast to tea bags (or teabags), which are ready-to-steep containers of tea, usually packaged in paper or cloth and sold in boxes. These terms are used both to refer to true tea (from the Camellia sinensis plant) as well as herbal teas from other plants.

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Making Coffee Without Heat

Of all the myriad of different ways to brew and prepare coffee, none can be stranger than using cold water and without any heat source.

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Cooking With Coffee - From the Bean to the Pot and to the Grill

The Portuguese arrived in Brazil in 1500. They brought with them styles of cooking, recipes, ingredients, tastes and traditions that influenced the country for an untold number of generations. By the 1880's, many nationalities had settled in Brazil from many countries: Japanese, Arabs, Germans, Italians, French, Greek and many more.

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Tea Party Culture - Origin And Etiquettes To Follow

You might love going to tea parties. Sometimes you would enjoy it at a neighbor's place, and sometimes you would host one. At a tea party at your neighbor's place, as you look around the whole aura, beautifully decorated with artificial flowers and silk plants, smelling the aroma of tea that is about to be served, you might think of its origin. And, not just the tea's origin, you might also wonder who started tea parties, anyway?

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Composting Tea Leaves and Teabags

If you drink tea and have a garden, composting used tea leaves is an easy way to promote sustainability, even if you do not compost any other material. Tea leaves are rich in nutrients and loose tea makes an outstanding mulch which can be applied directly to the soil in your garden. The tea can be collected in a container and placed directly on your garden daily or every few days. Composting tea leaves turns a waste product into a valuable resource, which has two main benefits:

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